Improving my time in a single skull

No, ergs don't yet float, but some of us do, and here's where you get to discuss that other form of rowing.
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Improving my time in a single skull

Post by voynters » January 20th, 2019, 4:16 am

a month and a half ago in a single I did 8.45 and I have a 2 k score of 7.16 and am 15 years old i am wanting to be under 8 minutes on water and have just recently rowed in my single and did 8.24 I need to knock 24 seconds off within the next 2 months how can I do this?

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Post by jamesg » January 21st, 2019, 4:55 am

It all depends on your size and sex.
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Post by frankieboy » January 21st, 2019, 11:49 am

it's not unusual to have a much better erg score than 2k 1x time, ergs don't float and are not upset by aggressive movements.
Boats do float, you have to think differently. In my opinnion the area where most speed is lost is the catch and there can be several problems there.
If you sit in a stopped boat at the finish and just for fun rush as fast as you can to the catch and stop there you will see the boat goes backwards, simple physics. That is what potentially is happening each stroke if you rush the slide. At the finish get you hands away fast and pivot at the hips once you have arms straight start down the slide, you can start fairly quickly but key to this is to control the last half of the slide so that you don't suddenly stop and change direction killing the run of the boat, don't forget if you kill the run you have to use energy to accelerate the boat more next stroke.
The other thing with the catch is to make sure you get the blades in at the start of the drive, if you are missing water because you start the drive without the blades in the water you lose length per stroke. Controlling the last half of the slide, decelerating into the catch (patience at the catch) keeps the boat running and allows you to better time getting the blades in the water so you don't miss the first part of the stroke.

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Re: Improving my time in a single skull

Post by gregsmith01748 » January 21st, 2019, 8:25 pm


A couple of thoughts for you.

1. Ergs are calibrated so that the splits are similar to what you'd see in a 4+, which are faster than a 1x, so you should expect to be slower.

2. To get an idea of how fast you "could be", there is a calculator online where you can plug in your height, weight and 2k score, and it will predict the 2k that you should get if you have world class technique.
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